Cheryl Dixon (Isabella Hofmann) was the hidden main villainess from the 2017 Lifetime film, A Neighbor's Deception (alternately titled, Next Door; airdate April 6, 2017).
Backstory[edit | edit source]
Cheryl Dixon was the sister of psychiatrist Gerald Dixon, and when they were kids, their parents were killed in a house fire; which was revealed to have been intentionally set by Cheryl. After the deaths, Cheryl was institutionalized, but once she turned 18, she was released and put in Gerald's care. Even then, Cheryl continued her murderous acts, as she had been killing people who were (in her mind) a threat to Gerald. One victim was Caroline Rooker, an intern of Gerald's who he had been attempting to engage in a relationship with. Caroline had threatened to take legal action against Gerald, which prompted Cheryl to stalk Caroline and kill her.
Events[edit | edit source]
In the film, Cheryl introduced herself to their new neighbors, Chloe and Michael Anderson, as Gerald's wife. Both Dixons acted friendly to Chloe, who later visited Gerald as a patient of his. After learning that Caroline's husband, James, had been contacting Chloe regarding the disappearance and death of his wife (who James revealed was pregnant at the time of her murder), Cheryl stalked both of them. Late one night, after James entered his car, the evil Cheryl appeared from the back seat and strangled James to death with a wire. Unaware of what happened to James, Chloe continued digging, thinking that Gerald was the killer.
It was after Chloe met Abigail, who sold the Dixon's new home to them, that Cheryl's villainous identity was revealed, and after Chloe returned to her home that night, she was attacked by the crazed villainess, who attempted to kill her. Cheryl had the wire wrapped around Chloe's neck, but Chloe fought back against her and attempted to escape. Cheryl caught Chloe and knocked her out, and later tied her to a chair. Chloe found herself facing both Dixons, with Gerald claiming that he and Cheryl look out for each other. Gerald had reservations about harming Chloe, but Cheryl was insistent on killing her, and after an argument, the villainess placed a plastic bag over Chloe's head and taped it to her; attempting to suffocate her. Michael later arrived home and noticed the home in shambles, and he later found Chloe tied up. Seeing this, Michael cut the bag open with a knife, saving Chloe, until Cheryl saw this and, screaming in a rage, charged after him to kill him. However, in her mindless rage and intent to kill, Cheryl failed to discover that Michael also had a knife, and ultimately met her comeuppance and demise when she ended up plunging straight into Michael's knife, impaling Cheryl on the chest and ultimately killing her, a comeuppance Michael revealed to Chloe in the film's end.
Victims[edit | edit source]
- Cheryl and Gerald's parents (burned alive in a house fire)
- Caroline Rooker
- Caroline and James Rooker's unborn child
- James Rooker (strangled)
- Chloe Anderson (attempted to strangle and later suffocate; failed at both)
- Michael Anderson (attempted to stab, failed; Michael stabs Cheryl to death)
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- Isabella Hofmann also played the evil Charlotte Bayes on Cold Case and villainous judge Evelyn Wallace on NCIS.
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